Thomas Hedin, professor of art history,
Department of Art and Design, was appointed as a fellow in the Garden
and Landscape Studies program of Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University. The
program runs from September 2006 to January 2007.
Karen Heikel, director, Continuing Education Student Support Services,
Evening Classes, and Summer Term, was elected President-Elect of the North
American Associate of Summer Sessions (NAASS). NAASS is an association
of deans and directors of college and University summer programs located
throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Mary Keenan, director of new student programs and advisement, College
of Liberal Arts, presented at the twenty-fifth annual Conference on the
First-Year Experience held in Atlanta, Georgia in February. Keenans
presentation was titled Learning Communities: A Required Opportunity
for Undecided Students. CLAs highly successful freshman Learning
Community Program was recognized as an outstanding institutional initiative
at the national conference.
Eun-Kyung Suh, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, produced
screens and set design for Lost and Found special guest artist Francine
Woman Show, in the Play Ground, Duluth. Lost and Found presents a lively
montage of eleven male and female characters, caught in flight or in search
of a way home in todays fragmented world and will be performed on
March 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Chris Burdett gave a talk on Canada
Lynx in Minnesota in February during the lunchtime seminar program
at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Veterinary Medicine.
SUBHASH BASAK NEWS
Subhash Basak was invited to chair a session at Conferentia
Chemometrica 2005 in Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary, last
August. He also delivered an invited lecture entitled Predicting
bioactivity and toxicity of chemicals from computational chemistry and
Basak chaired a session on Mathematical Chemistry and QSAR at the
International Conference of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering
2005 in Korinthos, Greece, last October. He gave the following two
invited lectures at the conference: Use of proteomics-based biodescriptors
versus chemodescriptors in predicting halocarbon toxicity: An integrated
approach and A comparative study of arbitrary versus tailored
molecular similarity metrics in property/toxicity/bioactivity prediction
authored by Basak, Brian D. Gute and Douglas M. Hawkins (School
of Statistics, UM-Twin Cities).
Basak was invited to become co-chair of a QSAR and Predictive Molecular
Modeling session at the Computational Methods in Toxicology and Pharmacology
conference held in Shanghai, October 29 - November 1, 2005. Basak gave
an invited lecture at the conference on The role of chemodescriptors
and biodescriptors in predicting bioactivity and toxicity authored
by Gute and Basak. Hawkins also presented a collaborative research paper
Property specific tailoring of molecular similarity metrics
authored by himself, Gute, and Basak.
Basak organized an international conference on Drug Discovery Based
on Darjeeling Area Biodiversity, held last November. Basak gave a lecture
on the use of modern drug discovery methods in combination with biodiversity
of Darjeeling plants in the discovery of pharmaceuticals and cosmeceuticals.
Natarajan Ramanathan gave a talk on Biodiversity of Western
Ghats at the conference.
Basak organized a mini-symposium at a conference on Current Advances
in QSAR Studies in Kolkata, India, held last November. Basak presentedQSAR
Modeling: Descriptor thinning and cross validation with Ramanathan
and Advancing frontiers of mathematical chemistry.
an invited lecture on The utility of mathematical descriptors in
the prediction of property, biochemical activity and toxicity of chemicals
at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India,
last November. Basak also discussed joint toxicoproteomics research with
collaborators at the University of Calcutta and anti-tuberculosis drug
design with collaborators at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology,
Basak gave an invited presentation entitled Theoretical Descriptor-based
QSARs in predicting skin penetration of chemicals, authored jointly
by Basak, Jim Riviere (North Carolina State University, Raleigh), Ronald
Baynes (North Carolina State University, Raleigh), and Gute at
the AFOSR JP-8 Jet Fuel Toxicology Meeting, University of Arizona, Tucson,
November 30- December 2, 2005.
Basak, Ramanathan, Hawkins, and Jessica Kraker (UM-Twin Cities) traveled
to Beltsville to give presentations about the mosquito repellent QSAR
project, last December.
Basak traveled to Charleston, SC, to discuss computational approaches
to cancer research and toxicology with colleagues at the Medical University
of South Carolina, in January. Basak and Gute visited North Carolina
State University, Raleigh, to participate in the Jet Fuel Meeting Integrating
models on lung disposition and toxicokinetics of jet fuels organized at
the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of NCSU. Basak gave
a presentation on Clustering and QSAR of JP8 fuel chemicals.
Basak and Gute continued their trip to Amherst, MA, to discuss collaborative
research and proposal development on Hormesis and anti-cancer drug
design with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Basak wrote an invited article My tortuous journey from biochemistry
to mathematical chemistry for the proceedings of the 50th anniversary
symposium of the Department of Biochemistry Department, University of
Calcutta, Kolkata, India.
Ramanathan, Basak, Alexandru Balaban (Texas A and M University at Galveston,
TX), Jerome A. Klun and Walter F. Schmidt (both of the USDA Agricultural
Research Service, Beltsville, MD), published a paper entitled Chirality
index, molecular overlay and biological activity of diastereomeric mosquito
repellents in the international journal Pesticide Management Science
vol. 61, pp. 1193-1201 (2005).
Milan Randic (a consultant to the Air Force grant funded to NRRI) and
Basak published a paper on Similarity of proteome maps in
the international journal Medicinal Chemistry Research vol. 13, pp. 800-811
Basak, Ramanathan, Denise Mills, Douglas Hawkins and Jessica Kraker (both
from the School of Statistics, University of Minnesota, TC campus) published
a paper entitled Quantitative structure-activity relationship modeling
of insect juvenile hormone activity of 2,4-dienoates using computed molecular
descriptor in the international journal SAR and QSAR in Environmental
Research; Vol. 16, 581-606 (2005).
Gute presented a paper, authored jointly by Basak and Gute, entitled Use
of proteomics-based mathematical biodescriptors in characterizing chemical
toxicity at the 2005 Scientific Conference on Chemical and Biological
Defense Research in Baltimore, MD, last November. Also at the conference,
Gute discussed joint toxicoproteomics research with collaborators from
Vital Probes, Inc., a company focused on developing technology for the
detection of and defense against biological agents and infectious diseases.
Basak was the guest editor of the special issue of the American Chemical
Societys Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling (JCIM) which
published papers presented at the Fourth Indo-U.S. Workshop on Mathematical
Chemistry with applications to drug design, risk assessment of chemicals,
cheminformatics, bioinformatics, computational biology and toxicology.
The workshop was held January 2005 in Pune, India.
The following articles were published by Basak in the special Indo-US
issue of JCIM vol. 46 (2006): an editorial covering the advancing frontier
of Mathematical Chemistry and its applications to Chemo-Bioinformatics
with Dilip K. Sinha, chairperson (India) of the Indo-US Workshop Series
on Mathematical Chemistry on p.1; a paper entitled Combining Chemodescriptors
and Biodescriptors in Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship Modeling
with Hawkins, Kraker, Kevin Geiss (Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright
Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH), and Frank Witzmann (Indiana University
Purdue University of Indiana, Indianapolis) on pp. 9-16; the paper Quantitative
Structure-Activity Relationship Modeling of Juvenile Hormone Mimetic Compounds
for Culex Pipiens Larvae with a Discussion of Descriptor Thinning Methods
with Ramanathan, Mills, Hawkins, and Kraker on pp. 65-77; the paper a
paper entitled Dependence of a characterization of proteomics maps
on the number of protein spots considered with Randic, Witzmann,
and Varsha Kodali
(graduate student) published on pp. 116-122; and the paper Proteomics
Maps: Toxicity relationship of halocarbons studied Similarity Index and
Genetic Algorithm with Marjan Vracko (National Institute of Chemistry,
Ljubljana, Slovenia), Subhash Basak, Geiss, and Witzmann from pp. 130-136.
SEA GRANT NEWS
Cindy Hagley, water quality educator, presented
Lake and Stream Water Quality: What is the Why Behind
the Rules? to Carlton County commissioners and planning office staff
last January in Carlton.
Hagley also gave the presentation Why are there Shoreland Regulations?
at two shoreland workshops held during January and February in Virginia
Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave a presentation
Habitattitude: A National Education Campaign to Prevent the Release
of Aquarium Fish and Plants at the Fifth Annual Invasion Biology
Research Consortium Retreat, Tamarack Nature Center, during February in
White Bear Lake.
Barbara Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, and Eleanor
Burkett with the University of Minnesota Extension Service, gave the poster
presentation Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species from
Water Gardening at the USDA-CREES National Water Quality Conference
during February in San Antonio, TX.
Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities extension educator, gave the presentation
Lake Superiors Wild Wetlands: Unheralded Protectors of an
Ecosystem for the Great Lakes Aquariums Voices of the Lake
speaker series during February.
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